[Tweeters] Status Of Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Washington

Vincent Lucas vincentlucas5 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 14:44:22 PDT 2016


This photo of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the Seattle Audubon Society's
Facebook page is remarkable if, in fact, it was taken in WA. However, that
is totally unclear because there is no data associated with it. So, what is
the status of RTHU in WA? According to __ The Birds of Washington, Status
And distribution __ (2005) by Wahl et al, there is only one "sight record"
for it of a male seen in Liberty, Kittitas County, on June 28, 1992 by
Tweit and Skriletz). Hmm. Sight record? Sheri Williamson, author of the
__ A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America __, states the following
(personal communication): " ... 6/28/92, Kittias Co., e. slope of Cascades,
4000'. Comment field says "could be 1st WA record [not accepted?]" And,
"nothing newer than that, though I've got one from northern OR in 2006 and
a 2008 record from Vancouver Is."

So my questions are these. 1) How can a record be accepted by the WBRC
based on solely a "sight record" with no other documentation? 2) Can anyone
find out if and where in WA the RTHU in the photo on the Seattle Audubon
Society's Facebook page was taken? If documented that it was taken in WA,
then that would solidify RTHU as being a legitimate species albeit, a
vagrant, in WA.

Here is the link to the Seattle Audubon Society's Facebook page. I realise
that not everyone may be able to view it is you are not a member of FB.

Vincent Lucas
Port Angeles, WA
vincentlucas5 at gmail.com
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